Artist interview with emerging artist, Joko Art

The Artist featuring the work entitled "Kin", Mixed media on canvas

In the second half of 2016, a speciality coffee house in Brisbane opened its doors to local & international artists. The shop is situated in the Fortitude Valley on the main boulevard. Although small, the venue holds your attention from the street, with a sturdy oak church pew next to the door. Crossing the threshold patrons, artists, vouyers, coffee fanatics & foodies alike are welcomed into a tiny cafe rich in smells, sounds, tastes & visuals.

In celebration & support of emerging artists in Brisbane we wanted to have a little chat to the creators that call Reverends home for a few weeks. 

 

 

 

Q What medium do you work with most?

A  I work with acrylics, fine liner pens & ink 

Q When did you stop giving a shit about what people think & started making art for yourself?

A  I can narrow it down to October, but if you want a more specific answer it would be when I stopped focusing on what my peers were doing and started focusing on what I should be doing

Portrait by Joko Art

Q What do you want to learn/ how do you want to evolve as an artist in 2017?

A  I want to expand my repertoire in every sense of the word. I want to grow my brand & reach a wider audience. I want to be hitting walls & drawing more. I want to start creating designs for t-shirts & socks. Oh & I want to do a bit of graphic design work too 

Q Which artists or themes do you find yourself referring back to when you make new work?

A  When I need inspiration or if I've hit a wall Ill look at Picasso and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Ill flick through books or other mediums. If Im struggling with painting I will read a poem or watch a movie. I refer to alternative mediums a lot 

 "Painting with Blistered Hands", Mixed media on canvas  Collaboration w  @BlisteredHand

"Painting with Blistered Hands", Mixed media on canvas

Collaboration w @BlisteredHand

Q What do you hope to achieve through your art? Professionally & personally

A   Professionally I want to be the next big thing, but doesn't everyone? Personally I want to be good at a "thing". I don't know how to word this but art is a stepping stone. Its a platform that will lead me to do other things 

Q What is your biggest fear as an artist?

A Not being accepted in my home town in regards to my art. Ive found my past & who I am as a person effects peoples judgement of me & my art. In Brisbane its easy because no one knew me before coming here. 

Q What do you do to fund your artwork?

A Hahahaha....ha..haha...ha...

Portrait of Joko Art at Reverends Fine Coffe in Brisbane

Q What is your biggest artistic achievement/most proud of?

A  Having someone that doesn't know me personally buy one of my paintings

Q Hopes for the future?

A  More JOKO everywhere

Q Shameless plug?

A  Joko_arrt on Instagram 

Painting by Joko at Reverends Fine Coffee
Painting by Joko Art at Reverends Fine Coffee in Brisbane
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Artist in residence at Reverends fine coffee Brisbane. We talk with emerging artists about their fears, proudest moments, how their past influenced their artistic careers & what they hope for the future.
Artist in residence at Reverends fine coffee Brisbane. We talk with emerging artists about their fears, proudest moments, how their past influenced their artistic careers & what they hope for the future.